Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wassail!!

image from Blisstree

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand'ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
Goddess bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
Goddess send you a Happy New Year.

For the first time, we made Wassail to enjoy during our Yule festivities.  There are several Wassail recipe online, but we opted for a simple version and were pleasantly surprized with the delightful taste.  As the witchlets were enjoying the Wassail as well, we did not add brandy to our recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Ingredients:
  • 1 Gallon apple cider
  • 2 C. cranberry juice (I used white cranberry juice)
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 2 oranges
  • Whole cloves (I will use less cloves next time, as they were overpowering)
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)
  • Spices (ginger, allspice, nutmeg) (optional)
  • 1/2 C - 1 C brandy (optional)
Preparation:
Set your crockpot to its lower setting, and pour apple cider, cranberry juice, and honey in, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey dissolves. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the pot (they'll float). Add the diced apple. If desired, add spices to taste - spices may include ginger, allspice and nutmeg -- usually a couple of tablespoons of each is plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well.
Cover your pot and allow to simmer 2 - 4 hours on low heat. About half an hour prior to serving, add the brandy if you choose to use it.


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